Weekly Review - May 1 to May 7
CRANBOURNE - 1 May 2023
Pretty confident that NEVER LET ME GO is a filly with some talent. She wasn’t away great in Heat 6 on May 1 but quickly mustered some speed from the inside draw to take up the lead as she then skipped to a couple length lead at the top of the straight but those behind her did start to catch up to her as they were ridden out and she was relatively quietly ridden. Looking into it more, she ran 3rd with those that ran over her were the 85-rated Mr Exclusive and 78-rated Wolflands while those close behind her were Scantoon, The Gauch and Ocean’s Jen, all older horses with multiple wins under their belt while she’s an un-raced 2yo filly, which adds a lot of value to this jump out. Her jump out on Mar 14 was super and she looks to have a stack of speed. A 1000m maiden on debut against her own age should see her hard to beat.
Certainly a few to follow from Heat 7 on May 1 where they clocked the fastest 800m time of the morning.
Firstly, the winner in THINK I’M DIVINE closed superbly over the top in Heat 7 on May 1 having travelled very wide throughout while sitting on speed, he did it the tough way and it was a lovely first jump out back. He’s an 8-start maiden with only 2x career placings so not getting too carried away but this was nice and following him into another bit of work.
Extreme Choice’s little brother in KINGWELL was good again in Heat 7 on May 1 and backed up his Apr 24 jump out. The son of I Am Invincible looks to move well and closed nicely over the concluding stages as he was given a bit more of a push in this jump out as opposed to his first jump out. This wasn’t anything special but he looks good enough to be competitive in most races on debut.
A third jump out now for POP ROCK having won previous jump outs on Apr 3 and Apr 17, he was 2nd in Heat 7 on May 1 where he was again ridden on speed and asked to close off. He wasn’t a standout, but was still good as they set a good pace (as shown by the time being the quickest of the morning) and he didn’t look to be going backwards late, going on with it past the line. He’ll certainly be forward enough on debut now having had the three jump outs, so he’s certainly one to keep a close eye on.
Keeping an eye on FINE REBEL who closed well into 2nd place in Heat 9 on May 1, his first jump out this prep.
HEARCOMESTHESTAR looks to be a Zoustar filly with a turn of foot. A $150k buy and a half-sister to the $350k Scream who’s now with the Yargi yard, this filly closed well over the top in an Apr 17 jump out on the poly track after being slowly away and settling near the rear of the field. She was away a lot better in Heat 14 on May 1 as she sat off the speed and stalked the leader at the top of the straight before then eating up the margin late over the concluding stages without ever being put under any real pressure. She looked like she could’ve exploded to the front to win this if she was ever asked in a nice performance. She moves well.
ROCKETORO was very ordinary on debut at Bendigo and didn’t seem to have many excuses, a Good(4) track and nothing in the stewards report. Immediately spelled, he returned to finish 2nd in a Apr 24 jump out over 1000m where he was no match for Hellfire late, with that galloper coming off a maiden win only 5-weeks prior and since running 4L Toronto Terrier at Sandown since. He was back at the jump outs in Heat 17 on May 1 where he was again over 1000m and going toe to toe with a previous maiden winner, this time stablemate Bencoolen but this time getting over the top late to win as he was asked to extend where they gapped 3rd in the process and clocked nice time. On the back of these and the company he’s done it with, he should run well in a maiden first up.
BENDIGO - 1 May 2023
HORSHAM - 1 May 2023
An NZ purchase following a 2nd placing in a Dec 6 trial, THE SIMPLE LIFE showed that same closing speed to get over the top of the leading 70-rated Logo Logic in Heat 7 on May 1 as the un-raced 3yo filly sat outside him throughout but got the better of him despite never being asked for an effort - a lovely bit of work where they also clocked the fastest time of the morning. That Dec 6 trial in NZ actually saw her finish 2nd to another galloper that came to Aus in Free Willed, who was 2nd on debut to Clock Strikes before winning her maiden second up impressively, which is nice form that ties in Aus maiden form. Adding to that, the 3rd horse in Cheval D’Or won a Group 3 in NZ at the end of April, so it’s super form all round. Quite keen to follow her into another jump out prior to making her Australia debut.
Massive improvement between jump outs for The Autumn Sun filly SONTAY, taking out Heat 2 on May 1 in a canter and clocking nice time for the morning too. Her first jump out on Apr 21 was a bit of a nothing jump out, just sitting midfield throughout and never really in it as she cruised to the line a decent margin back. This was not the case in this jump out as she went straight to the front and then kicked away around the bend to open up a huge margin. It’s not easy to get a real guide on how she goes but this was an encouraging bit of work and she’s only a 2yo, so worth following.
Ignore the first jump out of DIAMOND WITNESS that reads 7th of 7 on the form guide, she went to last from the wide draw and just jogged to the line. We saw a bit more of her real talent on display in Heat 4 on May 1 as she showed nice gate speed to get to the front and then was able to kick away around the bend to record quite a dominant victory. The combination of Maher/Eustace and these colours is always a good one and this $100k Star Witness filly is one to watch on debut.
Thought the I Am Invincible gelding in IRRESISTIBLE FORCE moved well while leading throughout to win Heat 6 on May 1. He had company throughout the entirety of the jump out but still looked to be comfortable and doing it within himself, a good sign for only his first jump out this prep. He was a $180k purchase back in 2021 and connections have been very patient with him as he did have three jump outs a year ago but didn’t get to the racetrack, with his full-sister selling for $500k in the meantime. He’s a 3yo to keep an eye on.
TRUSTFALL’s first jump out wasn’t great, finishing last (7th of 7) but he was slowly away and always out the back, never in the jump out at any stage. His work in Heat 6 on May 1 was quite good though as he sat in the 3-wide with cover position before edging out around the bend and closing quite nicely as he was put under pressure late, displaying a turn of foot that you liked to see. One to monitor.
PAKENHAM - 2 May 2023
KEANE ENUFF was the un-named Patrick Keane runner that caught our eye following a Mar 28 win, backing that up with another win in Heat 6 on May 2. The 3yo gelding was hard ridden throughout this heat as he went toe to toe with Miss Russia throughout, getting the better of that runner late where they clocked the fastest 800m time of the morning in the process too. He’s a half-brother to Scantoon, a talented gelding himself and his younger Rich Enuff brother here looks to have some talent as well. He’s certainly one to watch on debut, he’ll run well.
SNICK is another to follow from Heat 6 on May 2. The resuming 3yo filly was ridden with no urgency upon jumping, settling at the rear of the field but clearly doing his best work late despite being under minimal pressure, closing superbly to finish 3rd and doing his best work past the line. She closed well in her previous Apr 11 jump out as well and looks to have returned in nice order despite her 5-starts for 1-placing career record. She can run well first up.
TIME OF MY LIFE was a lovely winner of Heat 8 on May 2, the 2yo filly leading throughout as she showed nice speed out of the gates as well as some nice late speed, holding off a bunch of older horses including the fast finishing 6yo mare with 13x career starts, Jenni Bad Cat. She did it really nicely throughout and under her own steam, never given a push and doing it well. She’s by I Am Invincible out of the mare Vegas Showgirl, meaning she’s the younger half-sister to the superstar Winx, so obviously there will be massive expectations on this filly if and when she gets to the racetrack.
FLEMINGTON - 5 May 2023
It’s not a great sign when Godolphin list the dam of the highlighted horse for sale, but thought TRIPLES was good in Heat 6 on May 5 amongst some solid company and she was arguably going the better. Though she was solid in a previous Apr 21 jump out when trailing the leader, closing well once she did check off heels and they put a gap on the rest of the field. She’s no standout, but certainly going well enough to be competitive in a country VIC maiden.
While we saw the 2yo I Am Invincible filly in Time Of My Life jump out on Tuesday, we’ve got another sibling of Winx jumping out in CITY OF LIGHTS, a 3yo daughter of Deep Impact. She had a pair of jump outs this time last year on Apr 6 and Apr 27 where she was solid but clearly needed more time, returning in Heat 13 on May 5 where she wasn’t bustled about just cruised out the back.
PRIDE OF SULLIVAN showed a stack of speed in the early stages of Heat 14 on May 5 where he was restrained and forced to come back to the field late, although, past the line he kicked away again to open up a gap on the field again, so she had some petrol tickets left late, a good sign. Only the first jump out this prep from this 2yo daughter of Pride Of Dubai, she’s worth following into another jump out.
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